Captain Paul Roydhouse of Fishing Headquarters out of Fort Lauderdale reported the grouper fishing along the reefs has been very good at day and night. Red, gag and black groupers are being caught on the party boats’ drift and anchor trips as well as on the charter boats. The groupers are eating cut and whole baits fished close to the bottom or on trolled baits fished near the bottom. On the anchor trips, plenty of yellowtail snappers plus a few mangrove and mutton snapper are being caught on cut bait.
Fishing from his sea wall in Miami Shores, Alex Zaldivar hooked, caught and released an estimated five-foot bull shark. The shark ate a live bluerunner fished under a Cajun Popper rig with a 90 pound leader and a 3/0 circle hook. Captain Dave Kostyo of Knot Nancy Charters out of TNT Marina in Keystone reported he has been mixing his charters up by targeting dolphins to 22 pounds, blackfin tuna, sailfish and kingfish on the surface offshore of Miami Beach and then heading to the beaches between Haulover Inlet and Government Cut after the sun sets to target tarpon in the 100 pound class. Captain Mo Estevez of New Dawn Charters reported tarpon have started migrating along the beaches. Bonefish have been eating small live blue crabs over the shallow grass flats south of Soldiers Key, and a few permits are in the same areas.
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Captain Bruce Andersen of Captain Easy Fishing Charters out of Islamorada reported the grouper fishing over the reefs and wrecks has been outstanding in his area. On many of his offshore charters, his clients have limited out with groupers to 50 pounds. Captain Lee Daniel Kerbel of Inner Circle Sport Fishing Charters out of Key West reported fishing artificial wrecks in 150 to 400 feet of water, his clients are catching large amberjacks, groupers, an assortment of snappers and some big sharks. In 500 feet of water, the tilefish fishing has been good. On the inside, his clients have been doing well on tarpon and sharks using live pinfish for bait.
Nedra Maxwell with the Sebastian Inlet District reported schools of mojarras and finger mullet have attracted the attention of slot and over-slot redfish, snook, big bluefish, large jack crevalles and ladyfish. Mangrove snapper and black drum are being caught along the rocks by anglers using cut clams and shrimp. Henry Caimotto from the Snook Nook in Jensen Beach reported offshore anglers looking for dolphins should concentrate on the 150 foot line. Blackfin tuna have been around the Hill in 300 feet of water and can be caught trolling plastic squids, and kingfish are being caught in 50 feet of water north of the St. Lucie Inlet.
Captain Bob LeMay reported tarpon in the 20 to 100 plus range have been biting artificial flies in the backcountry of Whitewater and Oyster Bays as well as in the rivers and along the coastal shorelines. The tarpon have been active on the calm warm days. Snook, black drum and a few gag groupers have been mixed in with their catches. Zolton Boldor of Cooper City, 76-year-old Karl Schweitzer from Germany and Dennis Szakacs from Pembroke Pines fished Florida Bay with captain Alan Sherman of Get Em Sportfishing Charters. They caught snook, mangrove snappers, sea trout, jacks, tripletail to eight pounds and a 28 pound cobia. Their catches were made with fly, live baits and Hookup lures tipped with Gulp baits.
Captain Todd Geroy of Captain Todd G Geroy Charters out of Naples reported the tarpon fishing along the beaches and outside passes continues to be very good. Juvenile tarpon are holding in the creeks and interior bays. Snook and large redfish are feeding on live baits along the mangrove shorelines on the high tides. Geroy has been live-bait chumming to get the fish out from under the trees.
Alan Zaremba of Worldwide Sport Fishing Inc. reported fishing in the freshwater canals in the Everglades continues to produce respectable numbers of largemouth bass and panfish. The bass have been up to four pounds and are biting flies and ribbon tail soft plastics. In the Urban canals, peacock bass can be sight fished along the banks and targeted with AZ Urban Jungle jigs and Clouser minnow flies.
Capt. Alan Sherman